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Media Structures of the Life-World

  • Ruth AyaßEmail author
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Part of the Contributions to Phenomenology book series (CTPH, volume 68)

Abstract

Media have visibly altered various aspects of the everyday life-world. On the one hand, today’s life-worlds are pervaded and imbued with media and their use; media, that is to say, change the world within our reach. On the other hand, media also dislocate the boundaries of the life-world. They alter the temporal and spatial range of its inhabitants, allowing humans to cross the borders of their life-worlds. In a broad sense media are so fundamental to human communication that we can speak of deeply embedded media structures of the life-world. They connect social actors, allowing communication across time and space. But they also separate humans from another, creating finite provinces of meaning. The paper discusses the media structures of the life-world and the everydayness of media and media appropriation.

Keywords

Cellular Phone Radio Broadcast Printing Press Everyday World Violent Video Game 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Cultural Sciences, Literature and MusicologyUniversity of KlagenfurtKlagenfurtAustria

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